I've had a question from D.W. about the caterpillar from the post about Brande and Gudenaa.:
It is an Elephant Hawkmoth/ Dueurtsværmer) and it is common in Denmark. Latin: Deilephila elpenor. I haven't got a photo of the adult moth, but you can find some good shots on Google. Some of the photos of the caterpillar are funny - where it's lifting its little head.
|"I am dangerous", it says.|
Please try to watch this lille video of the Elephant-Hawkmoth , it's from 1999, but it's good.
Elephant-Hawkmoth eating fuchsias
Although the caterpillar looks like a snake it turns into a pretty butterfly with pink colours (see Google). The species is common in DK. The caterpillar is found in water holes or in ditches along forest roads with willowherb. The adult butterfly is out flying in the summer period, but mostly at night.
Kind regards and thank you for your interest
photo Brande 2012: grethe bachmann